Image Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesWhile many may think of Fergie as the female singer of The Black Eyed Peas/actress/wife of Josh Duhamel, let us not forget the original Fergie, a.k.a. Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York. If you’re a morning person, you might have seen Sarah Ferguson’s “From the Heart” segments for The Today Show, or if you’re a parent, maybe you’ve read one of her many children’s and young adult books to your kids at bedtime. Film buffs who saw 2009’s The Young Victoria (now on DVD), may not know that Ferguson was a producer of the film, previously wrote about the Queen in her 1995 book Travels With Queen Victoria, and originally conceptualized a Victoria film 17 years ago. Yes, she’s been busy. Despite all this, the Duchess is hoping for a major pop culture explosion with yet another project: her own TV show.
“I want it to be a show [that shows] me on the streets. I want it [to be] me going around Middle America, I want to go out and I want to see what the needs are,” Ferguson said, over high tea in New York yesterday. Ferguson’s already come up with a name for the show: Fergie Fixes It. “So in other words, you challenge me to fix a school in Boise, or get another restaurant in Allentown,” she explained. Ferguson’s desire to broadcast in the United States is a direct result of the negative press and cruel treatment she received from her home country after her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996. According to the Duchess, the U.S. sheltered her from the media mayhem going on across the pond. “I love American people because they saved my life. When the British threw me out, America embraced me and said, ‘It’s all right Fergie, we’ll have you, we’ll give you a second chance,'” she said.
The loquacious Brit with a self-described “cheeky” personality, Ferguson sees herself primarily as a storyteller. “Do I have the gift of gab?” she asked. “I believe that my job is to communicate on the public stage.” Forget Fergie Fixes It, she’d be the perfect solution to the who-will-succeed-Oprah question that’s bound to be on everyone’s minds when the daytime diva steps down in 2011. She’s even a fan of Oprah herself (and explained that she would love to have tea with both Winfrey and Michelle Obama), but nixed the idea of appearing alongside her on the Oprah Winfrey Network, claiming she’d like to stick with NBC. “I’m loyal to my people,” she said. Are you reading this, Jeff Zucker?
After the success of The Young Victoria, Ferguson is also eager to further explore the Queen’s family. “I’m doing another movie now, by the way,” the Duchess said with a smile. Victoria’s husband (portrayed by Rupert Friend in The Young Victoria) Prince Albert, “the scientific brain behind London,” as Ferguson describes him, made many contributions to British life and society in only 21 years. “He was the social engineer, he widened the streets and I just think there’s much more on Albert that we could look into,” she explained. Another Fergie original? A Tudors-like series on the nine children of Queen Victoria. Although nothing is finalized yet, Ferguson is passionate about her many projects and enthusiastic about the possibilities ahead, warning any potential copycats, “No one must steal this!”
So what do you think PopWatchers? Does Ferguson have what it takes to handle her own television series? Would you like to see her as a replacement when Oprah says goodbye to daytime? Who else could possibly fill the Oprah void? Are you interested in another Queen Victoria movie?